SIXPACKFILM Special Program




SIXPACKFILM was founded 1990 as a non-profit-organization and is internationally active in the distribution, sale and rental of all types of Austrian art films and videos.The primary purpose of our activities in this area is to connect current film and video productions with as many relevant international film festivals as possible. SIXPACKFILM now cooperates with 200 festivals around the world, which results in over 500 invitations annually.  After a work has made the rounds of the relevant festivals, it is added to our uncomplicated rental system. Our program currently includes approximately 1.300 titles, among them many classics of the Austrian avant-garde can be discovered.


Over the years, SIXPACKFILMhas also become an information pool. We advise curators and newspapers, periodicals and TV producers, academics and students, cinemas and filmmakers. Our archive, which is open for all research needs, contains DVDs, festival catalogs, reviews, relevant literature and photographs.


SIXPACKFILM has also organized special events from the very beginning. This includes planning and setting up retrospectives and programs with specific themes, tours of domestic productions inside Austria and abroad, and presentations of international film and video art in Austria.


In 2004 SIXPACKFILM founded the DVD-Label INDEX together with the Medienwerkstatt Wien to release and distribute audiovisual publications relevant to the history of international and Austrian film, video and media art.



BRIGITTA BURGER-UTZER (b. 1960, Vienna) – Director of SIXPACKFILM, the main distributor of Austrian avantguard cinema and visual art. Studied theater and photography; degree in Cultural Management from the Kepler University, Linz. Co-founded SIXPACKFILM in 1990; since 1992 managing director of SIXPACKFILM; concept and/or organization of numerous film series in Vienna; since 1994 in charge of the series "IN PERSON: International film/videoartists bring their work up for discussion"; 2003 edition of the book "Frank Films: the film and video work of Robert Frank" (together with Stefan Grissemann).

APNOE (10', Austria, 2011) Read more


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Screened in Rotterdam, Upsalla, Sao Paolo, Hamburg, Semana de Cine Experimental de Madrid etc., APNOE describes, at a first level, an typical day in the life of a family. Yet, as they are confronted with a different type of gravity (being literally underwater), the protagonists have considerable difficulty in coping with their everyday life. The family ensemble becomes unstable and its hierarchical structure begins to dissolve. An absurd micro-drama, with slapstick comedy influences, talking about dysfunctions and lack of communication within the social nucleus which the family is supposed to be.

BODY TRAIL (8', Austria, 2008) Read more


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A night shooting in Vienna, in a town that seems deserted after an unknown attack, comes to be a strange choreography where the human body becomes part of the urban architecture. Screened in Amsterdam IDFA, Tampere, Basel, Dresda etc, BODY TRAIL is based on a performance which took place in Vienna, when sculptures made of human bodies were placed on the city streets. This many-layered urban intervention, alternating between surreal humor and dark visions of terrorist acts, is transformed, by MICHAEL PALM and WILLI DORNER, in a very special cinematic experience.

EMPTY ROOMS (17', Austria, 2012) Read more


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Spaces, reminiscent of abandoned underground bunkers or industrial warehouses, that do not have an obvious use, non-places of an utilitarian architecture. EMPTY ROOMS creates an uncanny mood, going beyond the mere representation of the strange emptiness by breathing life into these spaces and making the walls dance. Like other previous works of CLAUDIA LARCHER, the film makes us think of the memories stored in rooms and their emotionally evocative qualities, and maybe believe the idea that objects are living beings, which serves as a reminder of history’s aftereffects that cannot be suppressed.

HOTEL ROCCALBA (10', Austria, 2008) Read more


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When a football radio show and Verdi play simultaneous, something must be out of place. We are somewhere in Italy. Here, nobody speaks, but still you see a lot of communication. There is no sense of living beings, but still the place is crowded with people. Everything is slow, misplaced and eerie. It's Sunday afternoon in HOTEL ROCCALBA.

HYPERCRISIS (17', Austria, 2012) Read more


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European Film Awards Nominee for Short Films of Venice Film Festival 2011 and winner of the Innovation Prize at Diagonale Austria 2011, HYPERCRISIS is a piercing and humorous look at a former recreation home for Soviet cinematographers which has been repurposed today to accommodate writers. But this doesn’t seem to work much better than in the past. The only artist on the guest list is a poet from the promising times of the perestroika, who tries for a long time to overcome a permanent creative crisis.

NIGHTSTILL (9', Austria, 2008) Read more

Director: ELKE GROEN

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NIGHTSTILL, both Sundance and Berlinale nominee, discovers a different perspective on things around us. We are witnessing a night that lasted two years for Austrian filmmaker ELKE GROEN. Her documentary on the Dachstein region, shot entirely in long-exposure takes, creates the feeling of a miraculous, almost out of space environment, where the human is merely a passing guest.

STICK CLIMBING (14', Austria/Switzerland, 2010) Read more


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World premiered in Berlinale 2011 and screened in Sundance, Sarajevo, Namur, Hamburg and many others, STICK CLIMBING invites the audience in a dangerous journey: a peaceful contemplative walk through a pastoral village gradually becomes an impossible ascent on an almost vertical rock. The camera seems unimpressed by the breakneck route and keeps on filming even during the perilous climbing which defies gravity. The escape from a conventional, conformist reality seems to be the main theme of this masterful cinematic trip, thought as a 14 minutes one-shot scene, filmed from the POV of an invisible protagonist.